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Atul Gawande asks Who you gonna trust?

This debate has become a test of whom we will trust. Are we going to trust the Republicans, with their predictions of dark disasters that will result from going along with a President they do not believe should be allowed even to speak to our schoolchildren? Atul Gawande, on Obama’s speech, via the New Yorker

Matt Taibbi tells us what he really thinks. Let’s start with the obvious: America has not only the worst but the dumbest health care system in the developed world : via Rolling Stone, and well worth a read.

You can’t make this stuff up. As PharmaGossip (among others, including the Times) reportst, a drug company pays $2.3 billion in fines to settle charges of unprecedented seriousness about practices that directly put patients at risk, and that came out of a four-year federal investigation. And some yahoo right-winger asserts this fine — years in…

Well here you go. An 11-year-old interviews Obama — and if I may say so, does quite a bit better than some of his journalistic elders. Here’s the vid, and some apt commentary from Tapped: Hey, remember Damon Weaver, the 11-year-old who interviewed Joe Biden back in September? Well, he finally scored a sit-down session…

Massive feature finished, should be in print this November … but more on that later. By way of returning to blogdom, a few of the few notables I’ve had time to read lately: Effect Measure, usually quite restrained about predictions, joins quite a few others in predicting the swine flu will hit us pretty hard…

It’s been 26 years since health-care reform failed. Does the debate reflect anything that’s happened since? From The Columbia Journalism Review: “The idea that we’ve made a great breakthrough just isn’t so,” says Jonathan Oberlander, a health-policy expert at the University of North Carolina. “Most of the plans today are direct descendants of what was…

Opponents of a public health-insurance plan pose two main objections: that it will create an ‘unlevel playing field’ that will harm the private market for insurance (an odd objection, since that playing field already tilts quite sharply away from patients’ pockets and health and toward the wallets of the health-insurance industry); and that government involvement…

Swine flu digs in

Helen Branswell delivers some sobering news: Swine flu viruses are missing at least two key features seen in all flu viruses present and past that transmit well among people and yet the viruses are spreading quite efficiently, two new studies suggest. The research groups which produced the work differ slightly in their views of the…

Nate Silver makes George Will clear: Will’s argument is apparently this: The government does not need to make a profit and will have greater leverage with providers; therefore it will deliver the same service for less money. That’s unfair! Is this really the best argument that one of the most prominent intellectual conservatives can mount…

I can’t claim to be ‘objective’ or neutral on health-care reform — but who can? Everybody needs health care, some more than others. I need it less than most, as my family and I are, knock on wood, generally blessed with good health. Even so, we laid out $18K last year for health care, still…